Simone Visits the Museum introduces readers to Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant young African-American girl growing up in a neighborhood in Southeast, Washington, DC. This book follows Simone through an exciting day spent with her mother. The highlight of their day is a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) where Simone misplaces something she values. In this story, she learns lessons about responsibility, paying attention to surroundings, and the importance of family.
Simone is relatable to young readers and is a solid role model who wants to learn and strives to do the right thing. Like most children’s books, the illustrations in Simone Visits the Museum play a critical role in conveying the story and maintaining the interest of readers ages 7-10. The illustrations also provide a phenomenal opportunity to highlight Washington, DC and the Hillcrest Neighborhood, that Simone lives in, with authenticity and intention.